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iD Tech Camps (Ages 7-17) and iD Tech Academies (Ages 13-18)


In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet. Our summer technology programs for kids and teens are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Mellon University in the Pittsburgh area. At Carnegie Mellon, we offer iD Tech Camps. We guarantee a maximum of 8 students per instructor for personalized learning, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.


Enrollment for 2015 begins November 1st, 2014. Click here to request an iD Tech brochure and get on our mailing list. In the meantime, continue your tech journey with Tech Rocket, our year-round, online learning platform for all ages.


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iD TECH CAMPS (Ages 7-17)

Courses, Dates, Prices, Enrollment



Our summer computer camps for Kids & Pre-Teens ages 7-12, and Teens ages 13-17 are segmented by course and age. Teens will study, socialize and eat with other teens, but may be in the vicinity of younger students during lab time. Yes, we’re a tech camp, but we do not sit in front of digital devices all day. We provide a well-balanced, fun summer camp experience that is age-appropriate for kids, pre-teens, and teens.

Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. You’ll gain confidence, explore a unique college campus, and get a taste of the collegiate experience. This isn’t just camp. It’s a portal to a fulfilling future, in college and beyond.  Join us this summer at our kids camps and teen camps—learn iPhone® and Android™ app development, programming with C++ or Java™, video game design, web design, moviemaking, robotics, and more.  Get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. Beginner or advanced, we offer a customized learning experience. Do something big this summer!


  • 8:1 Ratio Guarantee: We do it differently—this isn’t school. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.
  • Personalized Instruction: Your path, at your pace. Most of our courses are beginner through advanced. If a course has prerequisites, you’ll be notified during registration.  You’ll be immersed in a blended learning environment using our iD Game Plan 2.0 engine, along with one-on-one instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows you to learn at an appropriate, customized pace.
  • Project-Based Curriculum: At iD, you learn by doing—it’s hands-on. You’ll work with industry-standard hardware and software, complete a final project, create an online portfolio, and bring your new tech knowledge into the real world.


  • Adult-Only Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, adult-only instructors to teach our courses and supervise our kids and teens.  We recruit from thousands of candidates, and select from the best.  It doesn’t hurt that we’ve been named a Top Workplace 4 years in a row, and that we have the reputation as the #1 Tech Camp on the planet. The top talent works at iD.
  • Best of the Best: Many iD instructors are students or graduates of prestigious universities like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. Some are industry professionals. Others began as iD students and have returned to give back to the next generation of innovators!


  • A Taste of College: We eat right in the university dining halls! (If the dining hall is closed, we will bring in catered meals or eat in the University food court). Meal plans are available for Day Campers and Overnight Campers. The food is generally good at most campuses. More and more campuses are paying attention to important details like organic and sustainably-farmed food sources, kosher and vegetarian options, and a variety of overall healthier options.


  • American Camp Association® Accreditation: iD Tech Camps is Accredited by the Southern California Region of the ACA—and we spread those best practices to each of our programs across the country.  Being ACA Accredited means we have met over 300 health and safety requirements.
  • Background Checks: We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all summer staff members.
  • CPR & First-Aid: All program locations are staffed with CPR Certified Directors and instructors.
  • Risk Management Training: Our staff members attend in-person risk management training, and our content is updated every year as conditions change.


The following are included in tuition cost:

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence



Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus. Want to Carpool? Go green and save some green when you carpool to camp. After you enroll, you’ll be able to network with other families. Yep, we built an app for that.


This is our 13th season hosting summer camps at our Carnegie Mellon University location. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular Carnegie Mellon University summer day camps and overnight camps are located in the Pittsburgh area, PA.

We have chosen the CMU campus to host our academic summer camps because it is one of the nation’s leading private research universities. Carnegie Mellon’s position of leadership in the arts and in technology is unusual in higher education today. The institution has become a national leader in technological fields such as computer science, robotics and engineering.

Our Pittsburgh, PA summer camps, located five miles from downtown Pittsburgh, thrive in the heart of the business and research community in the Oakland district. Bordered by quaint residential neighborhoods and the wooded hills of a scenic park, the 100-acre campus provides an academic environment that combines the best of both worlds: an urban campus in a wooded setting. The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles (and approximately 45 minutes driving time) from Carnegie Mellon University, making Carnegie Mellon University an excellent option for a day camp or overnight camp program. Come check out our elite summer camps in Pennsylvania!


Nickname: Tartans

Founded: 1900

Schools at Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, H. John Heinz III College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business.

Student Population: The CMU student population consists of over 5,500 undergraduates and over 5,000 postgraduates.

Rankings: Carnegie Mellon is known for its “tech” heritage. Carnegie Mellon’s rankings in computer science, engineering, business and economics, public policy and information systems, psychology, and the arts are considered among the most elite in the world. The university is one of 60 elected members of the Association of American Universities and its academic reputation has led it to be included in Newsweek’s list of “New Ivies.”

Athletics: The CMU Tartans were a founding part of the University Athletic Association of the NCAA Division III. Before WWII, Carnegie Mellon (previously known as Carnegie Tech) played with NCAA Division I teams and in 1939 the Tartan football team won a birth to the NCAA National Championship at the Sugar Bowl. The Tartans have a deep tradition of athletic rivalry with the Washington University in St. Louis Football team.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: CEO of Sun Microsystems Jonathan I. Schwartz; founding CEO of Activision Jim Levy; and founder of Alice (software) and author of The Last Lecture Randy Pausch.



“This was a wonderful camp. The camp director was very personable, qualified and was always well prepared. I felt very comfortable dropping my son off each morning because I knew he would be taken care of and that he would have a wonderful day. We will be back next year for sure.” -Dara H., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

“My son LOVED his experience at camp. In addition to having the best tech experience of his life, he also scored the first soccer goal of his life (and then two more!!).” -Lauren R., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

“I was very impressed with the staff: excitement and energy. All were very engaging with the students and encouraged each student to achieve his/her very best. We will return next year!!!” -Lisa M., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

“My son’s “what I want to be when I grow up” ambition is currently to be a robotics engineer. iD Tech Camps gave him an opportunity to explore and learn about building robots, while having a ton of fun!” -Bethany S., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

“This is a wonderful program for those children who are considering pursuing tech related fields as a career or major in college! Thanks!” -Breanna/Chris M., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University


“iD Tech Camps is great for everyone because you don’t need to know anything about virtual design beforehand. Plus, you make friends and take part in physical activities every day. I recommend iD Tech Camps for everyone because it’s not just some summer camp…it’s a memory that you will hold on to for your whole life.” -Joe R., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

“An immersive camp that brings students closer to whatever engine/program he/she desires to be involved with.” -Max K., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

“Before this camp, I had no prior knowledge about how to create a game. But, once I got started, I began to learn all there was to know about Unreal Engine 3, and how to make awesome games. I would recommend this course to anyone…” -Greg T., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

“If I could rate the overall experience better than “Great,” I would in a heartbeat. This is the best summer camp in existence.” -Stephen C., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

“This place is the BEST camp I have ever been to! Why? You get to do stuff that a real game designer does. For example, you get to use advanced software to create your own game. Now let’s not even talk about the food! The food is fabulous!” -Andrej M., Student, Carnegie Mellon University



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What courses are offered at this location?

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When does camp start?

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How much do your camps cost?

The cost of tuition varies depending on the course, location, and camp option that you choose. Basic Day Camp ranges from $799-$1029 per weeklong course. There are additional costs for program add-ons including lunch, overnight camp, and weekend stays.

How do I enroll?

To register, please click here. Our courses sell out very fast—sometimes as early as January, so avoid disappointment and enroll at your earliest convenience. Remember, you can register now and make changes later with no penalties—we offer flexibility for the modern parent.

A thoughtful cancellation policy? Really?

We know plans change. You can register now, and make as many changes as you like (courses, locations, dates, etc.) without any fees or penalties. We only ask that you try to not make changes 3 weeks from the start of your session—there is a $35 fee within the 3-week window.

When you enroll, there is a non-refundable deposit of $250 per week. Should you need to cancel, you can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Balance payments, less the non-refundable $250 deposit, are refundable up to three weeks prior to the start of your session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within three weeks of the start of your session. If you need to cancel, we ask that you go online to My Account to cancel your session, or email us at info@iDTech.com. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

How can I save on tuition?

Please see our current Promotions.

Do you offer financial aid?

We are proud to offer tuition assistance for families who qualify. Application deadlines are announced each spring. Click here for our tuition assistance page.

Does my child need to have a high computer IQ?

No. Our courses are for beginner to advanced students. Because of our small ratios, instructors work with students one-on-one to personalize the curriculum. For courses that do contain prerequisites, we’ll notify you during the registration process so you don’t accidentally enroll a beginner student in an advanced course.

Should my student bring a personal laptop to camp?

Students do not need to bring laptops to camp. We provide a computer for each student to use for the week. All software, hardware, and other materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Do you offer any other teen programs?

We have weeklong courses for teens at iD Tech Camps, plus two-week pre-college Tech Academies. iD Tech Camps is for ages 7-17, with courses and activities divided into teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens will be in the same lab vicinity as the pre-teens (but will not be mixed in the same class). Students will be supervised at all times. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels.

At select locations, we also offer iD Tech Academies for teens. These include the iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Film Academy. These intensive two-week teen programs include tours of nearby industry studios, instruction from experienced faculty, and portfolio building workshops. (Jump to all Teen Programs)

How do I contact you?

Please phone us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.